Paraiso from Dave and Solomon Teas

I have only had Yerba maté once, and it was plain and roasted. I didn’t care for it but felt it might appeal to a coffee drinker, which I am not.

I see there is Yerba mate in this but I don’t taste it, or at least it doesn’t taste like the roasted maté I had.

Which brings me to what it does taste like. Heaven. It smells and tastes like heaven. It smells so good that the rest of my tea was hijacked by my kid and she stuck a flag in the remaining leaves to claim it as her territory. My husband was passing as we were drinking it and smelled the tea and asked if he could have some, too. The aroma really is pretty irresistible.

There are large chunks of dried fruit in this and I really wish I had eaten them, but I kept them there to see if this wonderful angel would resteep, AND IT DID! Glory be, that’s like double the tea for my kid to take away from me!

This is super sweet and smooth, and although their description says it makes great iced tea, I haven’t tried it that way yet.

I am happy to have something I can buy on the sly for a certain young lady as a stocking surprise for Christmas. And I may have to hijack a few leaves, myself.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Dave and Solomons Tea


Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Rooibos, Papaya, Apples, Oranges, Lemongrass, Marigolds, Malva Blossoms, Cornflower & Safflower Petals, Pineapple & Natural Flavors

Steep 1 tsp. per 8 oz. of boiling Water 3- 5 min. Sweeten & Enjoy! Hot 0r Iced!

The combination of these ingredients creates a somewhat tart & grassy earthy foundation
with an almost mango/peachy vibe to it, especially at the back of each sip.

This is another tea that makes a very impressive Iced Tea!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Morning Pick Me Up From Tocha Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Tocha Tea

Tea Description:

The fragrance of purifying Osmanthus flowers is the perfect complement to the subtle sweetness of whole leaf black tea. Quench your thirst and revitalize your spirit with this smooth, full-bodied blend; ideal for kick-starting your morning or uplifting your afternoon.  

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

A few months back, I won a contest that Tocha Teas was having on their Instagram page. I was ecstatic! I didn’t know a whole lot about their teas, but just by the name alone, I couldn’t wait to try them. Morning Pick Me Up was one of the blends I was sent.

First lets start this off by saying Tocha offers their line up in tea sachets, not as a loose leaf tea. I rarely drink anything but loose leaf.  There are times-I will admit-that a tea bag or sachet is just easier to steep than loose leaf. But these sachets are full of gorgeous looking tea blends. Especially this one!

Morning Pick Me Up is a blend of black tea and osmanthus flowers. Almost a floral black tea if you will. But this tea isn’t a dainty floral tea by any means.  My container of this tea is just about empty and I can feel myself wanting to buy more!

Steeped like a black tea with the recommended parameters offered on the package, this tea yields a gorgeous dark liquor full of malty notes mingled with a sultry subtle sweetness that yields almost a floral hint now and again. Really well done and one that gives you that full-bodied experience you look for in a brilliant black tea blend.  I’m quite surprised by the fact this tea is a tea sachet and not a flavor I’m getting from  a loose leaf.  These pyramid sachets are packed full of robust marvelous black tea flavor that sticks with you.

So what I’m trying to say is what a gorgeous way to start your morning or afternoon off right- I need to steep up another cuppa to finish off my day for sure!

Spiced Coffee From Handmade Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where To Start A New Subscription:  Handmade Tea

Tea Description:

Spiced Coffee from Handmade Tea begins with a smooth and silky Chinese black tea as the base. The base tea has sweet vanilla-like notes. Costa Rican coffee beans are blended into the base adding rich coffee flavor without being overwhelming. Lastly, cinnamon chips are blended in for a warm and spicy flavor. Together these flavors work quite well together. The vanilla notes from the base tea plays nicely with the cinnamon and the bold coffee notes balance things out a bit.

Taster’s Review:

Spiced Coffee from Handmade Tea has been sitting in my stash for sometime. I know shame on me but coffee flavored teas are not my cuppa. I’ve tried several in the past and most of them are just meh.

Now let’s put some perspective on this tea. I’m a coffee drinker in the mornings. I  start every morning off with 2 cups of coffee then I switch to tea for the rest of the day. So I like the taste of coffee, but I don’t exactly like the idea of mixing coffee and tea together. Those profiles to me really don’t match.

Which is why the fact that I loved this tea so much completely surprised me.  This tea is the perfect combination of rich coffee notes followed by a brisk tea malty flavor sweetened by subtle vanilla cinnamon notes.  A treat to say the least.  The flavors are gentle and bold but on point each sip.

I don’t always like the flavors that I receive from my monthly subscription from Handmade Tea. To be honest, I’ve cancelled my subscription once, but I found that I really missed receiving a uniquely different tea each month.  This is just one of the wonderful examples you can expect when you subscribe!

Strawberry Guava White Tea from Simpson and Vail

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

This delicate pink cup is truly scrumptious! Our Pai Mu Tan white tea is the perfect base for the delicious guava and strawberry flavors, with their complex, fruity aroma and full flavor. Delicious hot or cold!

Ingredients: White tea, organic hibiscus, cornflower petals, marigold flowers and Guava and Natural Strawberry flavors.

Brew: 2 tsp tea in 8 oz. water (at 175°), steep for 4 minutes.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Strawberry Guava White Tea from Simpson and Vail is a lovely strawberry tropical treat for the hot days of summer. White flavored teas can be very hit or miss.  Sometimes the flavor is spot on, other times, not so much.  White tea has such a delicate flavor that sometimes adding different flavors just muddies the flavor.

The look of the dry leaf is something to behold. Gorgeous blue and yellow pops of color amongst a green background. I scooped a few heap fulls into my infuser and steeped the tea.  They recommend steeping this tea at 175 for about 4 minutes. I’ve found those recommendations to be pretty spot on.

First sip and this tea is a pretty marvelous example of a flavored white tea. Delicate yet full of flavor. Light floral notes mixed with strawberry tones and a subtle tartness that actually adds a lovely contrast and definition to the tea. This is one of those teas that needs to be shared with others with gorgeous matching cups and saucers.  This tea is dainty yet full of flavors.  Really great example of a flavored white tea.

Simpson & Vail has a really unique concept on their site. They encourage their customers to create new and different foods using their teas.  From this particular tea, a customer created a jello. A great idea and one that I can’t wait to try!

Bangkok Green Tea -Nectar Fine Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea

Where to Buy: Nectar Fine Teas

Tea Description:

Green Tea-Japan(Coconut/Lemongrass) 2-3 minutes@170/180f

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’m not sure where I found Bangkok Green Tea from Nectar Fine Teas but it doesn’t look like they have an online presence except for a FB page. I’m sad to find this because this coconut flavored green tea and I have become the best of friends as of late!

This flavored green tea is a lovely mix of green tea, coconut pieces, and lemongrass. Simple yet full of fresh proper flavor. I am a huge fan of cold brewing tea at work. I pour a few scoops into my silicone infuser, some ice, and water and let the cup sit. I use a stainless steel tumbler which holds all the coldness in quiet nicely.  In just about a half an hour or so, I have the start of a wonderful iced cuppa tea.

As an iced flavored green tea, this tea really delivers on flavor! Cool crisp green tea with a lovely lush coconut flavor that just stands out with perfection.  The lemongrass flavor I don’t really get in this cuppa, but maybe as a hot tea that flavor might stand up better.

We did try cold brewing the tea overnight in a pitcher and the flavors were just about the same as when we cold brewed it in a tumbler. The only difference is that the coconut flavor is way more prominent when cold brewing overnight.  So if you are a fan of green teas and coconut flavors, I suggest cold brewing this one. You’ll be in coconut-green tea- heaven!  Maybe before my stash runs out, I’ll try Bangkok as a hot tea but for now, I’m loving this tea just as it is!